Daniel and Dave Discuss Every Episode of DGL

A weekly podcast in which Daniel Gray and Dave Brown talk about a specific episode of the hit family radio drama Down Gilead Lane.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Slow Walk DGL Episode #14!

FESTIVE FOURTEEN!! Recorded over the Easter long weekend, Daniel and Dave give their thoughts on the DGL Easter special "Dressed for Sacrifice," read and play listeners' reviews, and get the inside scoop from Steve and Lori.
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3 comments:

  1. I wanted to post a few thoughts about "Dressed for Sacrifice," but could not meet your deadline. Still, I guess it wouldn't hurt to post them now...a few days late.

    In my area (Detroit, Michigan) DGL is aired Sunday mornings at 5:30 AM. Being a confirmed night owl, I'm never up that early, but sometimes I wake up and catch all or part of the show before dozing off again. That's what happened this weekend. On Easter morning I woke to hear the familiar voices of the Morrisons coming from my radio. The program was more than half over, but I came in at a very important point -- when John was delivering his speech about the cross. As he spoke those moving words, the sun was beginning to rise and the birds were just starting to chirp outside my window. It was a very memorable Easter moment!

    A couple days later I listened to the entire episode over the internet and was very impressed, as always, by the quality of the writing and acting. Because I'm a writer, I pay special attention to the scripts. You asked if the Richters dress-shopping was humorous. I thought it represented the best kind of humor -- the kind that stems directly from character. It wasn't filled with laugh-out-loud jokes, but if you are familiar with the Richters, it perfectly captured their personalities.

    You also asked if Brooke and Haley's sacrificial gesture was touching. Of course! Again, from a writing perspective, I liked how this scene meshed with the overall lesson of the episode. Sometimes subplots contrast with the overall plot, but I always think the best subplots enlarge upon the "big picture." This time the subplot not only captured a moment of sacrifice that was later reflected in the sacrifice the Morrisons made on Saturday and Sunday morning, but it even involved a similar motif -- clothing -- as the Morrison girls opted for less expensive dresses to help out their mom...and the family later appeared in dirty, paint-splattered clothing after making a second, larger sacrifice.

    Finally, you asked if the Morrisons had more fun serving than they would have participating in the Saturday activities. I'm not sure they had "fun" working on the bandshell, but I think they got a great deal of satisfaction from it, and were probably changed by the experience. And I suspect Maya learned the biggest lesson of all, as evidenced by her last line, "I think you guys look better than anyone else here."

    Peter

    P.S. In my last post I mentioned how Good Friday is observed in the United States. If you follow the chronology of "Dressed for Sacrifice," you can see that the Richters and even the Morrisons were out shopping on Good Friday, and then spent the evening dying Easter eggs.

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  2. To Grandmother's House We Go.

    That was a SUPER obvious title! What's it about? Maybe the Morrison's going to their grandma's?

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  3. Well, I don't know about obvious, but one that is incredibly, extremely, just beyond uber cryptic is that first episode: Meet the Morrisons. I mean talk about not relating to the topic. :D *insert sarcasm mark*

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